Facebook Faces Backlash Over Bug That Deleted User Posts


Facebook is currently working hard to fix a bug that has left most of its users angered.  The bug led to some of their posts disappearing. Users also faced problems while linking content outside the social network where users wanting to post updates containing links were sent a warning saying they were violating the site’s security policy.

The bug was a result of a Facebook software update with Facebook’s image scrapping tool that detects pictures connected with links to content within posts.  The tool allows users to present links to other content with a photo from the site they are linking to. The post, complete with picture, then appears friends’ timelines.

Facebook has since fixed the bug and released a statement to that effect where it attributed the bug to an error in the system  that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked web addresses as malicious and inappropriate.  As a result, some existing posts were hidden, while other posts were blocked completely.  Publishers were particularly vocal about the bug and its effects on their businesses.